Looking through ‘Her’ Eyes: ‘Productive Look’ in Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s ‘The Fabulous Destiny of Amelie Poulain’


The aim of this paper is to unravel further what the film The Fabulous Destiny of Amelie Poulain (Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amelie Poulain -Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001) is saying about critical seeing and vision. Presenting a discussion of the film by depending on the concepts of "gaze", "look", "screen" and "productive look" by Kaja Silverman, this study focuses on the ways the film problematizes seeing by the way the society and culture demands. Perceiving the world with a critical eye and not accepting the visions provided by the society without questioning, can be regarded as the idea underlined by the main character Amelie. Via locating its main concern on the issue about seeing and by displaying examples of "productive look" that Silverman defines, the film challenges the way people see by the usage of photography, which are discussed by depending of critical literature on photography. The paper argues that The Fabulous Destiny of Amelie Poulain is a film, which not only comments on seeing but also challenges the visual regime of societies by using the medium of photography.

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Pelin Aytemiz, Baskent University, Turkey

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Conference: FilmAsia2015
Stream: Film Criticism and Theory

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